Every Christian college and seminary professor hopes and prays that his/ her students will help transform contemporary culture. But to transform means “to change markedly the appearance or form of” or “to change the nature, function, or condition of; to convert.” While willing to accept that definition (I doubt very much whether the denotation or connotation of transform has changed much in the last 25 years), I fear the word “transform” may not be an option for students in our classes. Although our Homiletics department might produce another “Billy Graham” for the 21st century, we must focus on the realities of what our graduates can and will do. This article attempts a biblical answer to the penetrating question we all face: How can we prepare our students to deal with the degenerating culture of this new millennium?
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